In dealing with a wide range of aspects of the life, activities, and customs of the Late Bronze Age Hittite world, this book complements the treatment of Hittite military and political history presented by the author in The Kingdom of the Hittites (OUP, 1998). Through quotations from the original sources and through the word pictures to which these give rise, the book aims at recreating, as far as is possible, the daily lives and experiences of a people who for a time became the supreme political and military power in the ancient Near East.
Originally published: 2002
Includes bibliographical references (p. -301) and index
Synopsis of Hittite history -- King, court, and royal officials -- The people and the law -- The scribe -- The farmer -- The merchant -- The warrior -- Marriage -- The gods -- The curers of disease -- Death, burial, and the afterlife -- Festivals and rituals -- Myth -- The capital -- Links across the wine-dark sea